Basti has ratings and 42 reviews. Zanna said: My first and last journey with her. We left Vyaspur before dawn, but when the lorry reached Bulandshahr. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Basti by Intizar Husain. : Basti (New York Review Books Classics) (): Intizar Husain, Frances W. Pritchett, Asif Farrukhi: Books.

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Of course, the parallels are strong. Young men who enter the Shiraz, drink your tea, and act tough, then change sides. Intizar Hussain was a prominent Urdu writer, this book is an English translation of his much acclaimed book Basti.

Once they used to publicize the news, now they conceal the news; in any case, may God have mercy, things don’t look good. But truth to tell, the man who blends the personal with the impersonal, specific with the universal, actually has the past much to thank for. The political chaos at one level is also interiorised by Zakir. As though nothing had happened, as though nothing would happen.

Though I appreciate the fact that author went on dealing with the and without soley depending on the “violence” weapon which is so rare to tell about the emotional distress, still husainn I couldn’t connect with the book.

What’s going to happen? Such a writer is Intizar Hussain; such a novel is Basti. A rewarding though unusual read. This is why celebrating this important novel, once again, is an imperative feat. Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience. The novel is filled with symbology and analogies, some are brilliant and some were confusing. Yet, there are remembrances toa bell-tolling; both a banner and a scar. While seemingly a rambling, personal narrative, the novel makes several strong political statements, the strongest being its questioning of the two-nation theory propounded by the Muslim League.

Love dissolves the border like chalk-pictures erased by rain. When he can see nothing ahead of him, when the future — both for him and his country seems bleak and unpromising — Zakir sets off backward. Though actually this is beautiful book, filled with lyrical memories of exploration in time, place, and faith. The story moves from one location to the next, as it does from the present to various moments in the past.


Setting the tone for their story, young Zakir suggests early on: As other readers have previously mentioned, the main character fluctuates from present to past memories, intertwined with – sometimes complex – mythological and historical fragments. Apr 11, Sermad Farooque rated it really liked it. There is a lot unexplained and unexamined from the original partition and the separation of eastern – western Pakistan.

But it may also be due to his ability to occupy a small corner of the frame, again like the eponymous Common Man, and never the center stage.

There is also This novel follows a young man from his childhood in pre-Partition India, to his first years in Pakistan following his family’s emigration, to the tumultuous years of war and the formation of Bangladesh.

Only wine can assuage the pain of the unknown. The a major plot revolves around Zakir – his desires, his visions and his present. Apr 01, Kishwar Jaffer rated it liked it.

Translation of celebrated Urdu novel Basti reveals search for a homeland

There is a very helpful glossary, though, which I wish I’d discovered earlier in the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Zakir gathers up the stories, and finds no contradiction, only an expansion of his image of the world.

I am walking on flies.

Basti by Intizar Husain – Penguin Books Australia

Mata rated baxti really liked it. Rupnagar and this city have merged together inside me, and become one town. This novel moves through different periods of time in India and Pakistan’s history, centered around a protagonist who grows and in the second part of the book interpret the events that befall his family, his home and country.

But of course, I quickly remembered as I read on, it is the particular genius of the greatest of writers to find ways to change our concept of what a novel can do between its bindings. I know who was weak. ONE has to look harder and harder to uhsain the economic message and direction of the government.


Basti is a novel of this uncertain sense of displacement. Guard this trust, and remember the kindness shown by the earth we left, and this will be your greatest act of dutiful behaviour. There are, though, moments when certain sentences are a wee bit dull, shorn as they are of their cultural mooring. I enjoyed the writing and the nostalgia – I kept translating back into Urdu in my head.

What I loved about this book inhizar, above all, its tenderness. Feb 11, Umar Paswal rated it it was amazing. This may have been intentional in the original and certainly its jarring effect would be consistent with the characters’ experiences. But I loved the huaain man view badti great iintizar like the Partition and Partition of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Mar 12, Nicholas During rated it really liked it. In spite of all the challenges that the reader will face, I would encourage people to get their hands on it and enjoy this profoundly humanistic reflection upon conflict, people, and love.

Not a beach read, more like a book Bazti recommend reading as part of a modern Asian history class with a teacher that can give more context and flesh out the symbolism as well as the literary and cultural references that make up so much of the book. Mar 25, Daniel Polansky added it Shelves: The dimensions of human misery Dec 26, Ming rated it it was ok. And then he dies.

Mar 05, Aaron Typographical Era hussin it liked it Shelves: Those changes in the narrative can get a bit exhausting towards the end of the book. Man suffers due to three things; a disloyal wife, an over demanding brother, and education gained without any experience.